I’m not sure how unique it is since they are “in the buisness” and it may be too south for you (Carmel area) BUT I had my wedding at The Ritz Charles and freaking LOVED them.
We got married and had the reception in their Garden Pavillion. EVERYTHING was included in their price. They basically charged us one price per guest and that included tables, chairs, basic linens, a 3 course seated meal, THE CAKE, a 4 hour open bar and so so so much more! They even set up and broke down!
Inside the Pavillion: they set up how I wanted. The tables to the left were moved outside and that is where the bar was set up. They set up the chairs and lined the aisle with the flower petals I provided. They hung up the lanterns that I provided for an extra fee, I found to be reasonable.
Later they cleared the ceremony area and that provided space for dancing
The set up each of the tables! I provided the programs and centerpieces, but they provided the mirror and candles in the middle of the tables.
Did I mention that they did the cake?! An all buttercream cake was included in the price and I told them what I wanted and this is what their brillant baker did for us! All buttercream. We chose the filling we wanted (white cake with almond mouse). They had a lot of different options for cake and filling. I loved my cake….they also included the silver cake stand!
Here is the other side of the venue where the guest enter…and where we exited.
I also forgot to mention that they even provided a “Day of” coordinator. I loved it since she knew where everything was, who to talk to etc.
Here is my review of the The Ritz:
“My experience with The Ritz Charles was very good. The facility (the Garden Pavilion) was beautiful, the table setups were a setup were as we discussed and even exceeded my expectations. Everything that we discussed per our contract, for instance colors of linens, decorations, table runners and centerpieces that I provided, were just as discussed. In a word, they were perfect. Luckily we were able to have access to the venue one day prior to our rehearsal and they were accommodating with us bringing in wedding props (garden arbor, planters, centerpieces, etc). This was extremely helpful for our party so we didn’t have to do it the day of the rehearsal. The staff of The Ritz Charles were completely knowledgeable, helpful, and fabulous in every way.
During their Bridal experience in March, when we were able to sample all things available to us on the menu for our wedding dinner, it was very well run. The food was amazing, and the servers that presented the food were very knowledgably about sauce contents and what meats and vegetables were commonly paired together. It helped us narrow down our choices from chicken to cake. Paula was extremely helpful and friendly. She answered my seemingly never-ending questions and if she didn’t know the answer to one of them, she got back to me in a timely manner.
On the day of our wedding, the manager, Renee, was completely helpful, completely accommodating, completely awesome. Our wedding ceremony and all the events following went smoothly. She kept things moving and everything on time! Renee and a few members of the staff were extremely helpful in packing the gifts and centerpieces at the end of the evening. Everyone was kind, clean, well groomed, and well mannered. The food completely lived up to our expectations. It was hot, tasty, and delicious! The entire meal was served in a timely manner. The cake not only tasted far beyond our wildest dreams, but it was a work of art. The baker, using only a picture from the internet, totally replicated my idea and made it even better! I was 100% pleased. All our guests were wanting seconds! The bar and the bar tender were fabulous! Good humored and seemed to be just as excited to be there as we were. We received many compliments on him.
Our only issue with The Ritz Charles was that they lacked/ didn’t provide a bride’s room because we only signed a contract to rent the Garden Pavilion. Other than that, we had a completely satisfying experience with The Ritz Charles. I would highly recommend them for any celebration especially a wedding!”